Spinning Tuesdays: My Madrona Haul and What I’m Going to Do with It
I didn’t damage my wallet too badly at the Madrona marketplace and I tried to be mindful about what I bought.
My delight was finding vendors that I’d never known about and seeing vendors in person that I’ve only shopped on line.
My first stop was The Artful Ewe. Before you look, know that they don’t sell their batts on line.
I bought three gorgeous batts
This batt has baby alpaca, silk, cashmere, merino and BFL. After I bought it, I carried this batt around telling people to touch it. I’m thinking a fine-ish worsted spun to make something that touches my skin, a cowl or scarf or something.
The light and dark blue batts have a mixture of wools and mohair.
I want to use them together for a shawl.
I found yak roving at the Artful Ewe too. I bought some for Amy because it’s on her list of ‘can spins’.
I had one thing on my shopping list – a Jenkins Turkish Delight spindle. I fell in love with this one – it’s Oregon Myrtle and weighs 17gms. I bought it from Carolina Homespun.
Next I shopped at a favorite fiber dyer that I’ve never seen in person, Woolgatherings.
I love Kate’s color sense and frankly I resisted buying one of everything in her booth. Instead I bought two braids of the same colorway, because I love the intense light blue and orange together.
I have no idea what I’ll do with these. Maybe I have something that will go with it in my stash and will turn it into a vest or cardigan.
I bought a little yarn too, some Goth Socks and some Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I thought I was done. Except Saturday I was taking a last pass through the market and some fiber caught me. I petted, yet managed to walk away.
But then I dreamed about it, so I had to go back. One last dash to the marketplace right before I got on my shuttle to the airport.
Two braids, one polwarth and one BFL from Huckleberry Knits. I love the colors and the fiber is crazy-well prepared. I want to draft them together, woolen and chubby.
That’s it. I actually spent less than my budget, go figure.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
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